This month, we hosted our 2015 Distributor Conference at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida. We celebrated hard work and our distributors’ continued success at the event, held March 9–12. More than 500 people were in attendance, including distributors, employees and their families.
The conference was filled with engaging presentations from guest speakers and exciting announcements from the division’s executives, who brought attendees up to speed on companywide programs, new products and other initiatives. In addition to providing the chance to interact and share innovative ideas, we look forward to this event each year as it gives us the opportunity to honor our dedicated distributors.
This year, the prestigious Distributor of the Year Award was presented to Gensco, Tacoma, Washington, for outstanding performance in 2014. The Distributor of the Year Award is also awarded to a single distributor in each of the five business units. The following companies were recognized at this year’s event:
- Central: The Habegger Corporation, Cincinnati, Ohio
- Northeast: ABCO HVACR Supply + Solutions, Long Island City, New York
- South: Johnstone Supply – The Ware Group, Jacksonville, Florida
- Southwest: Robert Madden Industries, Ltd., Lubbock, Texas
- West: Gensco, Tacoma, Washington
The conference wasn’t all business, though. We managed to squeeze in some quality time on the golf course as well as hold a family-friendly race car competition at the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Walt Disney World Speedway. On the last night of the conference, we concluded with a celebratory performance by hit 70s band Three Dog Night.
Click here for additional details on the conference and to see which distributors were also awarded for their extraordinary efforts in 2014.
As spring rolls around again, so does our popular Ductless Rewards promotion. For this year’s Step into Spring Rebate Program, we’re offering contractors credit on a reloadable Visa gift card for every eligible M-Series outdoor unit purchased from a distributor and installed between February 16, 2015 and April 13, 2015.
To help incentivize contractors to “step into spring,” we are offering a tiered rate plan:
NO. UNITS PURCHASED & INSTALLED
REBATE PER UNIT
||1 through 4 units
||5 through 9 units
||10 or more units
This is a great opportunity for contractors and their businesses. And to top it all off – signing up couldn’t be easier! Simply register at ductlessrewards.com, record your sales and reap the rewards.
The date to submit claims is April 20, 2015 so sign up today!
Source: Asia Green Buildings
The past decade has seen countless studies reaffirm the bright future of green. The number of passive and net-zero projects rises each year and LEED® plaques now adorn building after building. It’s safe to say that the market’s desire for green is here to stay– but recent industry studies have revealed a more nuanced mindset.
A key component to this nuance is the idea that people no longer just want green products, they now want green companies. The Shelton Group’s latest Eco Pulse study found that “corporate commitments to sustainability are becoming a baseline criterion for product consideration.” A label on a product doesn’t cut it anymore; people want proof that companies are authentically dedicated to sustainability. For companies like us that already embody this dedication, these Eco Pulse findings are good news.
They’re not all good news, though: “Respondents reported fewer sustainable activities on average last year, and only 27 percent reported high activity levels (down from 34 percent last year).” In short, green purchases are down.
These contrasting trends represent a conflicted mindset among consumers: an emerging interest in supporting green companies but a hesitation to put money down. Perhaps people are re-evaluating how they define a sustainable purchase and investment. Perhaps the country’s emergence from a multi-year recession has changed purchasing habits. It’s unclear what has caused this shift.
What we do know is what this shift means going forward. It means companies will have to practice what they preach. It means the leaders in the industry will be the ones offering green products and implementing green practices in their corporate environments. It means the building landscape is changing.
Earlier this week, we dined on the stage of Indiana Jones™ Epic Stunt Spectacular! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® after many brave members of our Mitsubishi Electric family volunteered to act out different scenes. We look forward to gathering with our distributors annually for the opportunity to bond and discuss growth opportunities and new initiatives.
This week, Mark Kuntz, Senior Vice President, discussed exciting new products and projects in the works to look out for this year.
As the economy is on a steady upward trend, we invited our veteran Distributor Conference speaker and economist Jeff Dietrich, PhD, Senior Analyst of ITR Economics, to speak on the current state of the economy and what it means for us and our like-family distributors. Good news for the industry: the improving economy has led to an increase in both residential sales and new construction. Jeff foresees the upward trend to continue to rise over the next few years leading sales in our industry to thrive.
Check out our last blog here to find out more about the conference!
Our 2015 Distributor Conference has been full of exciting and productive discussions on our future in the industry. Over 200 distributors have joined us at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort from March 9-12 as we salute our success over the past year. This year’s theme is “Catch a Rising Diamond.” We are grateful to have so much support and shining “diamonds” in our Mitsubishi Electric family.
Yesterday, we were heavily entertained by speaker Guy Kawasaki, chief evangelist of Canva and former advisor to the Motorola business unit of Google and chief evangelist of Apple. He shared his top 11 unique tips on the “art of innovation:”
- Make meaning
- Make mantra
- Jump to the next curve
- Roll the dice
- Don’t worry—be crappy
- Let 100 flowers blossom
- Polarize people
- Churn baby—churn
- Niche thyself
- Perfect your pitch
- Don’t let the bozos grind you down!
While we found all of Guy’s tips to be memorable, useful and applicable, number 2— make mantra— was especially meaningful. Guy described this tip as more than just a mission statement, but a real (and short) representation of a company mission and meaning.
Our new mantra— “make comfort personal”—describes our way of thinking across both our residential and commercial segments. Environmentally friendly, user-friendly, sustainable, cost-effective – whatever feature is important to our customers is important to us. Our HVAC systems are designed to meet the needs of each and every individual. We take pride in providing personalized comfort without compromise.
The lot where the Little Green House resides in Nashville, Tennessee, sat vacant for some time before builder Ryan Nichols, co-founder, Green Home
, took interest. The land was tricky to build on due to steep topography and its small size. Nichols, however, saw the lot’s limitations as inspiration to design one of the area’s first passive solar houses.
The result was an 1,100-square-foot icon of sustainable residential development. The home features an angled tin roof with an overhang to control incoming light, a cantilevered second floor, charred oak siding, a rain garden and a glass garage door. Nichols’ team selected our ductless zoning system for the HVAC design. The system’s high efficiency, quiet operation and zone control made it a perfect fit for this sustainable bungalow.
Our ductless system also helped the team achieve its energy goals. The Little Green House averages an impressive $75 per month in electricity bills and earned LEED® Platinum
certification from the U.S. Green Building Council
to learn more about the construction of this home.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its annual ranking of the Top 10 States for LEED®. The list ranks the states based on the per-capita square footage of LEED-certified commercial and institutional projects. Illinois topped the list for the second year in a row.
Here are the states that are leading the nation in green building today:
- Arizona, New York (tie)
Click here for the full ranking and here to learn about USGBC’s rating system, LEED v4.
“When was the last time someone admired the design of your HVAC system?” Our latest commercial print advertisement poses this question and gives readers a rundown of what makes our Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning systems something to admire. To find out what separates us from the rest of the HVAC pack, be on the lookout for the ad in the March and April issues of the publications below!
- ASHRAE Journal
- Building Operating Management
- Chain Store Age
- College Planning & Management
- Commercial Building Products
- Consulting-Specifying Engineer
- Contracting Business
- Engineered Systems
- Health Facilities Management
- High Performance Buildings
- HPAC Engineering
- Medical Construction & Design
- Multifamily Executive
- RSES Journal
To learn more about our industry-leading products, visit mitsubishipro.com.
Throughout the year, Contracting Business spotlights extraordinary HVAC contractors and the products, tools and services that make the contractors and their companies successful. We are pleased that one of our Diamond Contractors, Chappel’s Heating & Cooling, Carol Stream, Illinois, was recently picked as the leading HVAC contractor, listing Mitsubishi Electric as one of its preferred cooling and heating equipment brands. The company also listed our distributor Gustave A. Larson as a preferred distributor.
We take pride in providing products and tools that make contractors’ lives easier and keep their businesses thriving. Click here to read the Contracting Business article to learn more about Chappel’s Heating and Cooling’s success.
The Marymount Congregational Home (Marymount) in Garfield, Ohio, is a 78,000-square-foot building that houses the Sisters of St. Joseph (Sisters), Third Order of St. Francis, administrative offices and a child care center. Marymount spent over $9,000 a month in cooling and heating costs. When the building underwent a renovation to convert Marymount’s living quarters into 28 apartments, the Sisters made sure an upgraded HVAC system was included.
The Sisters wanted a system that would reduce energy consumption and utility costs and was “something earth-friendly,” said Sister Joyce, Hollkamp, Marymount’s business/facilities coordinator. They ultimately chose our Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning system.
The energy savings were immediately apparent. Marymount saved roughly $80,000 in cooling and heating costs over the course of the year.
To read more about the outcome of this installation, click here.